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The Dawn of Novel Biotechnological Applications of Polyhydroxyalkanoates

  • Vipin Chandra Kalia
  • Subhasree Ray
  • Sanjay K. S. Patel
  • Mamtesh Singh
  • Gajendra Pratap Singh
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Abstract

The synthetic polymers – plastics have been applied in a wide range of activities of our daily routine. However, extensive usage and their non-biodegradable nature have led to their accumulation in quantities, which are difficult to manage and a major cause of environmental pollution. Bacteria have the ability to accumulate Carbon (C) as biopolymers especially under stress conditions. The biopolymers – polyhydroxyalkanotes (PHAs) are biodegradable and have properties quite close to those possessed by plastics. PHAs have been explored in diverse fields including agriculture and medical. In the field of medicine, PHAs hold greater promise because of their usage in producing high value products, in addition to their biodegradable, biocompatible, and non-toxic nature. PHAs have been explored for their role as implants, drug carriers, tissue engineering, biocontrol agents, inhibitors of cancerous growth, and memory enhancing molecules.

Keywords

Biopolymers Polyhdroxyalkanoates Tissue engineering Drug carriers Biocontrol agents 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Brain Pool grant (NRF-2018H1D3A2001746) by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) to work at Konkuk University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vipin Chandra Kalia
    • 1
  • Subhasree Ray
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sanjay K. S. Patel
    • 1
  • Mamtesh Singh
    • 4
  • Gajendra Pratap Singh
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringKonkuk UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Microbial Biotechnology and Genomics, CSIR – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB)Delhi University CampusDelhiIndia
  3. 3.Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR)New DelhiIndia
  4. 4.Department of ZoologyGargi College, University of DelhiDelhiIndia
  5. 5.Mathematical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Research Lab (MathSciIntR-Lab), School of Computational and Integrative SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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